Turkey Disguise: Where’s Waldo? A Creative Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

The turkey disguise project was one of my favorite fall themed projects when I was teaching elementary school. Because of Pinterest’s growing popularity, it has been interesting to see this project expand over time as more and more educators and students have taken part.

Get ready to embark on a fun-filled Thanksgiving adventure with the “Turkey Disguise: Where’s Waldo?” craft activity. This engaging project is perfect for kids of all ages, combining creativity, imagination, and a touch of playful mischief.


  • Construction paper (various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Feathers (optional)
  • Other decorative materials (optional, such as glitter, stickers, etc.)


  1. Cut Out Turkey Shapes: Start by cutting out turkey shapes from construction paper. You can use a template or freehand it depending on your preference and artistic skills.

  2. Disguise the Turkeys: Now comes the fun part! Let your imagination run wild as you transform the turkeys into various disguises. You can turn them into pirates, superheroes, ballerinas, or anything else that sparks your child’s creativity.

  3. Where’s Waldo? Element: To add a playful twist, incorporate the iconic “Where’s Waldo?” element. Draw Waldo’s signature red-and-white striped shirt and hat onto one of the disguised turkeys.

  4. Decorate and Personalize: Encourage your child to add their own personal touches to the turkeys. They can use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to draw details, add googly eyes for a quirky look, or even attach feathers for a realistic touch.

  5. Hide and Seek Fun: Once the turkeys are disguised it’s time for a fun game of hide-and-seek. Hide the turkeys around the house or classroom and challenge your child to find them all, including the Waldo-disguised turkey.


  • Creativity and Imagination: This activity encourages kids to use their creativity and imagination to come up with unique and fun disguises for the turkeys

  • Fine Motor Skills: Cutting, gluing, and decorating the turkeys help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

  • Problem-Solving: The “Where’s Waldo?” element adds a fun challenge that encourages problem-solving skills.

  • Thanksgiving Theme: This activity is a perfect way to get kids excited about Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday in a creative way.


  • Adapt to Different Ages: Adjust the difficulty level of the disguises and the hiding spots based on the age and abilities of your child.

  • Make It a Group Activity: This activity is even more fun when done with friends or siblings.

  • Get Inspired: Look for inspiration online or in books for different turkey disguise ideas.

The “Turkey Disguise: Where’s Waldo?” craft activity is a delightful way to engage kids in a fun and creative Thanksgiving project. It combines imagination, playfulness, and a touch of holiday spirit, making it a memorable experience for all involved. So, gather your materials, let your creativity soar, and embark on a Thanksgiving adventure with these disguised turkeys!

5 Tips for an Awesome Turkey Disguise Project

1. Make 2 copies of the turkey 2. Glue 1 copy of a turkey to a piece of thin cardboard or heavy card stock paper. 3. Use the 2nd copy of the turkey as a stencil to cut out shapes for your disguise. 4. When in doubt add glitter. 5. Let your child lead the project. Keep in mind that this is your child’s homework or “just for fun” assignment! Print off an extra copy of the turkey if you would like to make your own!

Here are some of our favorite turkey disguises in case the project pops up at your house or if you want to make it yourself.

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I did not create this project but I have used it since my first year teaching.

Although there have been several iterations, this enjoyable art project makes it simple to integrate writing and literacy connections.

I introduced the project by reading the poem, Tom Turkey to my students. I looked for the original author but was unable to locate a source; if you know who they are, please let me know and I will give them credit.

My name is Tom Turkey And I’m afraid as I can be. I’m wearing my disguise So you won’t catch me.

I also found a fun turkey book to help introduce the turkey disguise project Turkey Trouble written by Wendi Silvano . This clever turkey comes up with his own unique idea to disguise himself and avoid being Thanksgiving dinner.

Gnome Turkey Disguise Craft For Kids


What is the meaning of turkey in disguise?

“The idea behind the project is that the turkey needs to hide so that it doesn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving dinner, so the kids get to create a disguise to help the turkey blend in — hiding in a Starbucks cup, a bucket of popcorn, or inside a gumball machine.

How to disguise a turkey as Iron Man?

Disguise a turkey. Iron man. I used a shoe box with a small light inside and cut holes in the eyes and chest so they light up!

How do you disguise a peacock turkey?

For the peacock feathers, we glued on Pistachio shells. CJ colored the body of the turkey blue to look like a peacock body and glued blue construction paper wings. Using green acrylic paint, we colored the shells. To give peacock feather effect, we made blue dots using q-tips.

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